Information for prospective students and families during the COVID-19 outbreak

The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and others is always a high-priority at Washburn University, especially in challenging times like this.  The Office of Admissions is committed to supporting all incoming students during this time and encourages you to reach out with your questions or concerns to or 785.670.1030. 

We will continue to update this page with information as it becomes available.

Admissions requirements

Our admission requirements will remain the same. For high school seniors, any changes in high school curriculum due to COVID-19 will not affect your admission status or ability to receive admission to Washburn University.

For high school seniors, we make admission decisions based on 1) current high school transcripts or self-reported GPA and 2) test scores (ACT or SAT). This will alleviate any issues or concerns of students who are unable to acquire official transcripts or test scores at this time due to COVID-19 disruptions.

If you were planning on taking the ACT or SAT and are no longer able to due to its postponement, you may be admitted based on your high school GPA. In this circumstance, please contact your admissions counselor to notify them you are not able to take the ACT or SAT at this time and they will assist you in moving forward towards admission.

For first-time adult students and all transfer students, any issues acquiring official transcripts from previous institutions can be worked through with our admissions office on a case-by-case basis.

Any additional questions may be directed to the Office of Admissions at or 785.670.1030.

Residential Living

There is currently no deadline to complete a campus housing contract and pay the housing deposit for the fall 2020 semester. Current policy states that housing deposits for the fall 2020 semester are refundable up until June 1, 2020. Any changes or updates to this policy will be listed on this website.

You can access the campus housing contract through your MyWashburn account under the Student Life tab. Learn more

For additional information, please contact Residential Living at or 785.670.1065.

Campus visits and events for prospective students

In response to the current climate surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we have canceled all campus visit events, including scholarship receptions and Ichabod Sophomore Day.

In place of in-person visits, we are currently scheduling virtual visits with admissions counselors and academic faculty. Like in-person visits, our virtual visits are free to schedule and can be held via Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, Duo or phone call. To schedule a virtual visit, please email or call our office at 785.670.1030.

To supplement a virtual meeting with admissions and academic personnel, we also encourage you to take our virtual tour. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this challenging time.

New and transfer student orientation

Summer new and transfer student orientation events are currently scheduled to continue as planned. For updates, to learn more or register for orientation, visit the orientation website.

We will continue to stay in touch should there be any changes to our summer events and will provide virtual event options.

Welcome Week

Welcome Week in August is currently scheduled to continue as planned. For updates or to learn more, visit the Welcome Week website.

We will continue to stay in touch should there be any changes to our August events.

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